High Plains Comedy Festival adds national stand-ups, fill out local lineup with who’s-who of Denver comics |Check It >>

(Logo courtesy of Michael King) The stated goal of the High Plains Comedy Festival has, according to co-founders Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett, always been to promote not only stand-up as an art form but Denver’s rising comedy scene, which has in recent years birthed more national headliners and festival favorites than in arguably all its previous decades combined. So it should come as...

UMS 2014: Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen talks new album, podcasting and Wiz Khalifa |Check It >>

Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen talks new album, podcasting and Wiz Khalifa ahead of the duo’s UMS show at 9 p.m. on Friday on the Main Stage. The point where an artist ends and the person begins isn’t always obvious. Prince onstage, for example, is who you’d imagine you somehow managed to bump into him offstage. Rappers (unfairly) get flack for not being about what they rap about —...

Album review: Alvvays, “Alvvays” |Check It >>

Album review: Alvvays, “Alvvays” If you like your indie-pop cut with a dose of 21st century reality, Toronto’s Alvvays has just the LP for you. On their self-titled debut album, the band sounds like a female-led Belle and Sebastian but with less of an accent and a stronger sense of millennial dread. “You took something before you went in the shower,” lead singer Molly Rankin sings...

Jurassic 5 at the Ogden Theatre, 7-22-14 (photos, review) |Check It >>

Jurassic 5’s baritone boss Chali 2na was almost through 2002’s “Sum of Us” when he imploded on the most fleeting, rapid-fire lyrics. “You’re an old man,” teased MC Akil, the lilting, tenor counter to Chali 2na’s boom. “In an old band,” Chali 2na quipped. The venerable Jurassic 5 shook the Ogden Theatre Tuesday night in the final show of a two-night stand celebrating the hip hop...

Steal This Track from Montoneros |Check It >>

Montoneros, whose debut album comes out in August, is playing The UMS on Saturday.   Outside of the Main Stage, The UMS offers the best opportunity to discover emerging artists. Steal “Como Yo” from Montoneros, a band awaiting your discovery.   Unless you are so far removed from the Denver music scene that you think Big Head Todd and the Monsters are the best music to hit Colorado...

Watch Pharrell, Miley Cyrus in the “Come Get It Bae” video |Check It >>

Pharrell’s obsession with females continues in his video for “Come Get it Bae” off “G I R L.” Like his video for “Marilyn Monroe,” the “Come Get it Bae” features the producer/singer dancing in a series of hats with a series of girls, but with one notable difference: Miley Cyrus. Cyrus makes a small cameo looking as ridiculous as you would expect...

Foreigner, Styx at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 7-22-14 (photos, review) |Check It >>

You could count on one hand the number of original members in both bands Tuesday night when Foreigner and Styx played Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – especially with Foreigner’s founding guitarist Mick Jones inexplicably missing from the stage. But to dismiss their Soundtrack of Summer Tour – with the bands co-headlining and taking turns going first – for that reason would be like going to...

Watch: 30 seconds with The UMS band Rachel and the Kings |Check It >>

Rachel and the Kings chat with Reverb on the roof of The Denver Post. If you ask Rachel and the Kings how their group began, they might give you the boring version: That frontwoman Rachel James was recording an album and, thanks to happenstance, came across a handful of willing musicians in the process. If not, they’ll definitely tell you the cool version: They were part of a hostage situation in...

Nick Waterhouse at the Bluebird Theater, 7-21-14 (photos, review) |Check It >>

With his signature clean cut look and cozy stage arrangement, Nick Waterhouse transports fans back to an R&B recording studio in the 1950s. And that was the feeling at the Bluebird Theater on Monday, as Waterhouse made Denver an early tour stop in support of his 2014 LP, “Holly.” The comfortable stage was perfect for his fantastic band, which uses big instruments through small amps....
High Plains Comedy Festival adds national stand-ups, fill out local lineup with who's-who of Denver comics

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Jurassic 5 at the Ogden Theatre, 7-22-14 (photos, review)

Jurrasic 5 - Ogden | 07/22/14

Jurassic 5, Dialated Peoples perform at the Ogden Theater on July 22, 2014. Photos by Dylan Langille, heyreverb.com.

Jurassic 5’s baritone boss Chali 2na was almost through 2002’s “Sum of Us” when he imploded on the most fleeting, rapid-fire lyrics.

“You’re an old man,” teased MC Akil, the lilting, tenor counter to Chali 2na’s boom.

“In an old band,” Chali 2na quipped.

The venerable Jurassic 5 shook the Ogden Theatre Tuesday night in the final show of a two-night stand celebrating the hip hop pioneers reunion after a lengthy break. The four MC’s funky, melodious cadence infiltrated the house, which throbbed alongside hip-hop’s most abiding sound.

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UMS 2014: Artists, fans and media remember the biggest surprises after 14 years of music

Underground Music Showcase co-founders John Moore (left) and Ricardo Baca enjoy themselves at a UMS after-party.

Underground Music Showcase co-founders John Moore (left) and Ricardo Baca enjoy themselves at a UMS after-party.

A great music festival can usually be pared down down to a series of memorable moments, and The Denver Post’s annual Underground Music Showcase has had no shortage of them over its 14 years and thousands of shows.

In advance of this year’s July 24-27 event, which features more than 400 performances at 20 venues along South Broadway, we polled musicians, writers, festival organizers and fans about their favorite memories from years past — the unexpected triumphs, the craziest live shows, and the flat-out bizarre surprises that make The UMS the reliable summer party that it is.

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UMS 2014 guide: 15 local and national acts to hear at the indie showcase

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Scenes from Day 2 of the 2012 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase. Photos by Seth A. McConnell, heyreverb.com.

It’s always a good idea to do your homework before The Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase. Sure, you can wander South Broadway, catching great bands at nearly every possible venue, gallery, bar, restaurant or storefront, but with more than 400 performances, you might want to approach July 24-27 with at least a broad outline of who to see.

Along with hundreds of local and national acts, the 14th annual UMS will bring big headliners Blonde Redhead, Real Estate and People Under the Stairs. To help you navigate the Rocky Mountain region’s largest indie music festival we’ve provided suggestions of 15 local acts and 15 national acts to catch this week.

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